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June 2006 Issue

The 2006 Drake Winners, William Balistreri, MD, and Alvin Crawford, MD.
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College of Medicine Awards Daniel Drake Medals

Published June 2006

The College of Medicine has conferred its highest honor, the Daniel Drake Medal, on two faculty members for outstanding contributions to medical education, scholarship and research.

William Balistreri, MD, and Alvin Crawford, MD, received their medals during an awards banquet on May 27.

William Balistreri, MD
Dr. Balistreri, a professor of medicine at UC, was selected for his distinguished leadership in medical research and education.

One of the world's foremost authorities on pediatric gastroenterology and liver disease, Dr. Balistreri is also medical director of the Pediatric Liver Care Center and Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).

Dr. Balistreri earned his medical degree at the University of Buffalo. He was a pediatric resident at Cincinnati Children's from 1971 to 1972 and a postdoctoral fellow from 1972 to 1974. He completed a research fellowship in gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic before being appointed assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Author of more than 400 publications, Dr. Balistreri is editor of Journal of Pediatrics, editor-in-chief of Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and coeditor of Liver Disease in Children.

Dr. Balistreri has held office in or is a member of numerous scholarly societies, including the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. In 2000 he became the first pediatrician to serve as president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

Dr. BalistreriÕs honors include the Distinguished Leadership Award from the CrohnÕs and Colitis Foundation of America, the Andrew Sass-Kortsak Memorial Award from the Canadian Liver Foundation and the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver, the Murray Davidson Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Gastroenterology and Nutrition and the Shwachman Award from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Alvin Crawford, MD
Dr. Crawford was recognized for his leadership in clinical education, research and patient care.

Director of CCHMC's Spine Center and UC professor of orthopedics and pediatrics, Dr. Crawford was the first African-American graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He started his residency in orthopedics at the Boston (Chelsea) Naval Hospital and completed it at the combined Harvard University Orthopedic Program as a navy-sponsored resident.

Dr. Crawford received fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, and taught gross anatomy at Harvard Medical School. He also held a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, Del.

Dr. Crawford has published more than 237 articles and abstracts, six books and 53 chapters, and has received numerous awards and honors. Recent honors include the dedication of the Alvin H. Crawford, MD, Chair in Pediatric Orthopedics at Cincinnati Children's and the Founder's Award from the Cincinnati Pediatric Society.

Dr. Crawford is president of the Scoliosis Research Society and vice president of the American Orthopedic Association. He also is a member of the Food and Drug Administration's Panel for Orthotic and Rehabilitative Devices and serves on the Board of Directors of Ohio National Financial Services.

The Daniel Drake Medal, bestowed on distinguished living faculty and alumni, honors the frontier physician who founded the College of Medicine, the first medical school west of the Alleghenies.

Fifty-three medals have been awarded since 1985.

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